Press Release
Posted August 3, 2018

The 28th annual LCCC Jack Nicklaus Scholarship Golf Benefit sponsored by Equity Trust is Monday, Aug. 13 at the Elyria Country Club. This year’s event will feature LPGA Professional Natalie Gulbis, PGA Professional Jimmy Hanlin and Tony Rizzo.

Jimmy Hanlin
Natalie Gulbis
Tony Rizzo

“It is our pleasure to welcome LPGA professional Natalie Gulbis and to welcome back local golf pro Jimmy Hanlin, and Tony Rizzo to this event,” said Tracy Green, LCCC vice president for strategic and institutional development. “With the support of professionals like Natalie, Jimmy, and Tony, along with our dedicated community members, volunteers and donors, this event helps to provide the resources required to fulfill the financial needs of our LCCC and University Partnership students.”

Created in 1990 with the intent of helping students achieve their academic goals, the LCCC Jack Nicklaus Scholarship Golf Benefit has successfully provided more than $760,000 in financial assistance to LCCC and University Partnership students. As one of the longest standing golf events in Lorain County and Northeast Ohio, the LCCC Foundation plans to continue the tradition for many years to come.

Presenting Sponsor, Equity Trust, is the nation’s leading provider of self-directed IRAs and 401Ks, with clients in all 50 states and more than $25 billion in retirement plan assets under administration. “Equity Trust is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of such an important event that provides students the ability to succeed in their education,” said Richard Desich, founder and chairman of the board of Equity Trust.

Desich, an entrepreneur at heart, founded a small local financial service company in 1974 that eventually grew into Equity Trust. He always had an appreciation for the power of education and realized the impact that an institution such as LCCC could have on the community. At the age of 31, he was appointed to the LCCC District Board of Trustees and would remain on it for the next 35 years. During his tenure he held many roles on the board including being elected Chairman.

“Education and hard work are the keys to unlocking the future for our students,” Desich said.

The event features 18 holes of golf at the beautiful Elyria Country Club, a clinic by Natalie Gulbis, Jimmy Hanlin and Tony Rizzo, skill games, golfer gifts, lunch on the course, a cocktail reception and awards ceremony.

The schedule of the day includes:
11:00 a.m. Registration
12:45 p.m. Welcome and Rules of the Day
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
5:30 p.m. Clinic
6:00 p.m. Reception and Awards

All proceeds from the golf outing support the Jack Nicklaus Scholarship Endowment Fund. In addition to the Nicklaus Endowment Fund, the LCCC Foundation manages more than 185 scholarship funds providing more than 850 LCCC and University Partnership students each year with an affordable chance to advance their education. The majority of these dollars are philanthropic in nature, and scholarship support is by far the most significant way community members can have a direct impact on students. For many LCCC students, these awards often help facilitate their academic success.

“Lorain County Community College is committed to helping students from all backgrounds succeed in college,” Green said.
Gulbis is in her 18th year on the LPGA Tour. Her accomplishments include playing on three winning Solheim Cup teams and winning a Major Championship. However, Natalie’s proudest achievement is opening the Natalie Gulbis Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas.

Hanlin is a highly regarded PGA golf pro and three-time Emmy winner. He brings his solid swing and electric wardrobe as the host of two nationally televised
golf shows. In addition to 18 Holes with co-host Natalie Gulbis, Jimmy co-hosts Swing Clinic with Elise Lob. This is Jimmy’s third year joining the Jack Nicklaus Scholarship Golf event in support of LCCC students.

Tony Rizzo hosts The Really Big Show, with Aaron Goldhammer, airing weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ESPN 850 WKNR and online at Born and raised in Cleveland, Tony has been a staple in the market for the past 25 years, offering his strong opinions on all things sports. Tony can also be heard on the Browns Radio pregame show during the football season and he can be seen on The Rizzo Show every Sunday night on Fox 8. This is Tony’s second year joining the Jack Nicklaus Scholarship Golf event in support of LCCC students.

Other pros that have participated in past outings include Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Phil Mickelson, Jan Stephenson, Jack Nicklaus II, Ian Baker Finch, Andy Bean, Ben Curtis, Tom Weiskopf, Janice Moodie, Andy North, Bobby Clampett and Fred Funk.

To register, visit or for more information call the LCCC Foundation at (440) 366-4039.